Steel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The history of the name Steel goes back 1066 when the Norman Conquest of England occurred. Soon after this event, the name would have been given to a person who was strong or reliable. The surname Steele is a metaphor likening the constitution of its bearer to the hard metal of the same name.

Early Origins of the Steel family

The surname Steel was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very early times where they were Lords of the manor of Giddy Hall near Sandbach, and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

They were conjecturally descended from Bigot de Loges, a Norman noble who attended King William at the Battle of Hastings. However, William the Conqueror suppressing an uprising by his northern nobles in 1070, laid waste all of Sandbach, a large district in Cheshire, and the family moved north to Scotland.

Important Dates for the Steel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steel research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1259, 1524, 1637, 1610, 1680, 1643, 1616, 1662, 1697, 1629, 1692, 1680, 1672, 1729 and are included under the topic Early Steel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Steel Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Steel has been recorded under many different variations, including Steele, Steill, Steel, Steal and others.

Early Notables of the Steel family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Steele (1610-1680), English lawyer and politician from Sandbach, Cheshire, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, grandfather of Sir Richard Steele of Dublin; Thomas Steele (d. 1643), who was shot for surrendering Beeston Castle in the Civil War; and Laurence Steele (bap...
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Migration of the Steel family to Ireland

Some of the Steel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 98 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Steel migration to the United States

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Steels were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Steel Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Steel, who settled in Connecticut in 1640
  • Clement Steel, who settled in Virginia in 1651
  • Eliz Steel, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [1]
  • Matthew Steel, who landed in Maryland in 1675 [1]
  • Isaac Steel, aged 23, who arrived in Virginia in 1683 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Steel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Dennis Steel, who arrived in Virginia in 1715 [1]
  • Roelof Steel, who arrived in New York in 1715 [1]
  • Joost Steel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739 [1]
  • Mathew Steel, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
  • Hugh Steel, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1759 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Steel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Moses Steel, who arrived in New York in 1801 [1]
  • Archibald Steel, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • Margaret Steel, aged 26, who arrived in Delaware in 1803 [1]
  • Martha Steel, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]
  • Mary Steel, who landed in America in 1805 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Steel migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Steel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Steel, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • John Steel, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Christn Steel, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Peter Steel, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Samuel Steel, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
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Steel Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Steel, who arrived in Canada in 1828
  • William Steel, aged 25, who landed in Quebec in 1833
  • Samuel Steel, aged 10, who arrived in Quebec in 1834
  • Ann Steel, aged 64, who arrived in Quebec in 1834
  • Hugh Steel, aged 60, who landed in Quebec in 1834
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Steel migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Steel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Eliza Steel, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bute" in 1839 [2]
  • Eliza Steel, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847 [3]
  • William Steel, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1851 [4]
  • Thomas Steel, aged 42, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Ostrich" [5]
  • William Steel, aged 28, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Steel migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Steel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Steel, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr. Thomas Steel, British settler as part of the 8th Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [6]
  • Mrs. Margaret Steel née Hunt, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [6]
  • Mr. John Steel, (b. 1831), aged 19, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [6]
  • David Pike Steel, aged 22, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1850
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Contemporary Notables of the name Steel (post 1700)

  • Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein- Steel (b. 1947), American author known for her romance novels, current best selling author alive and the fourth bestselling fiction author of all time; she has over 800 million copies sold
  • Robert King "Bob" Steel (b. 1951), American businessman, financier and politician, Deputy Mayor of New York City for Economic Development and Rebuilding (2010-2014), 16th Under Secretary for Domestic Finance (2006-2008)
  • Kat Steel, American actress, voice actress, presenter and model from West Bloomfield, Michigan
  • John Robert Steel (b. 1948), American set theorist at University of California, Berkeley
  • John W. Steel (1895-1971), American tenor who was featured in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1919 and 1920
  • Doctor Phineas Waldolf Steel, born Rion Vernon, an American musician and internet personality from Los Angeles
  • Dawn Leslie Steel (1946-1997), American studio head, one of the first women to run a major Hollywood film studio
  • George Steel, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 13th District, 1896
  • George Steel, American politician, Mayor of Dixon, Illinois, 1891-92
  • Geoffrey Steel, American politician, Mayor of Fremont, California, 1967-69
  • ... (Another 52 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Steel family

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mr. Ralph Augustus Steel (d. 1979), American passenger, from USA aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [7]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Douglas M Steel (b. 1897), English Commander (Instructor) serving for the Royal Navy from Boston, Lincolnshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [8]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Robert Edward Steel (d. 1912), age unknown, English Greaser from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [9]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY BUTE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyBute.gif
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Trafalgar.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Marion.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Saturday 22nd July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Ostrich 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ostrich1854.shtml
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  8. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  9. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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